The Trail of Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route - Private.

Mt Kilimanjaro via the Marangu route

8 days

Up to
8 climbers

About this tour

This is the most popular route amongst all the routes in Kilimanjaro. Often referred to as the “Coca-cola Route“. Our itinerary provides full service with experienced guides, chef, and porters per person. All of our staffs are treated ethically - we keep very close relationships together as a team to provide great service. We believe "people" is the most important factor to make your ascent amazing and unforgettable.

Please ask us any questions in case you have any :)

Service details

Includes

  • Guide, assistant guide, 3 porters and a cook
  • Park fees, rescue fees, and camp fees
  • Tents and dining tables
  • 3 meals
  • Transport from the kilimanjaro airport to the hotel and back
  • Transport from the hotel to the machame gate and back
  • Hotel accommodation - 1 night before and 1 night after the tour (breakfast included)
  • Sleeping mats
  • Walking sticks
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Fair and ethical treatment of guides and porters

Does not include

  • Personal climbing gears
  • Sleeping bag
  • Visa fees
  • Airfares
  • Tips to the guides, porters and cook
  • Personal expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional tours (safari after your climb, etc)

Itinerary
We will pick you up at the Kilimanjaro Airport, or Moshi Bus Station if you're coming by bus. This tour package includes 2 nights at a relaxing hotel before and after the climb - we will take you to "Kili Cottages" where you can have a peaceful night sleep before your exciting journey.

Day 1 - ARRIVAL.

The group arrives at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Our representative will meet you and transfer to the hotel. Our manager will visit you in the evening, bringing a printed, signed and sealed agreement. He will give you a brief trekking orientation and check your equipment.

Day 2 - MANDARA HUT

After breakfast you will meet your guides and porters, finish packing and transfer to the park entrance where you begin your Kilimanjaro climb. After formalities at the park entrance, you enter the rain forest for a gentle walk through verdant scenery to Mandara Hut. This can be done faster, but the slower the better for the eventual success of the climb. This is very important because walking slowly allows the body to acclimatize. The speed at which you walk during the first 2 days will partially determine the chances of reaching the summit. Paces should be short, measured, and rhythmical with each step placed gently. Each day you will have a packed lunch to eat along the way. The forest teems with bird life and calaboose and other monkeys may be seen. You will have a cooked dinner and will stay in A-frame huts lit by solar power. Each room sleeps 4 people and there is a total capacity here of 60. Water is piped into the camp from springs and there are flush toilets behind the main hut. Your head guide will let you know the agenda for the next day, Overnight Mandara Hut – Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner, Hiking time: 4-6 hours, 6,004 feet to 8,856 feet

Day 3 - MANDARA HUT

You will be woken up early and given a cup of tea along with warm water for washing. After a cooked breakfast, leave Mandara and trek to Horombo Hut. About one half hour after leaving Mandara Hut, you will emerge from the rain forest onto alpine meadows. This will be a very pretty day with splendid views of the peaks and the plains below the mountain. The vegetation is also quite spectacular, especially higher up, where endemic giant lobelias and scenarios may be seen. Higher still, the vegetation becomes thinner and the effects of altitude may begin to be felt. Then you will reach Horombo Hut, where you will have warm washing water, rest, and an Evening meal. The buildings are similar to Mandara, but total capacity is 120 and each hut sleeps 6 people. Water is piped from a stream behind the huts. There are platform toilets southeast of the main hut and one flush toilet. Overnight Horombo hut Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Hiking time: 6-7 hours, 8,856 feet to 12,225 feet

Day 4 - HOROMBO HUT

Acclimatization day

Day 5 - KIBO HUT

Your climb continues to Kibo Hut at the foot of Kibo Peak. The route takes you up to the saddle between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi and then across the high altitude desert to the huts. Until you reach the saddle, the terrain is very similar to the previous day with the landscape rugged and rocky. Again, take it slowly in order to acclimatize; the last half hour to the hut can be very tiring as the hut is some way up the peak. Slow down and drink a lot of water! Be sure to keep a positive attitude as the sight of the next day’s path can be quite daunting. Get as much rest as possible and prepare your things for the next day. The stone house with a small dining room and a number of dormitory rooms leading off a main corridor has bunk beds for 60 people, sleeping 12 to a room. There is no water so it’s Important to bring an adequate supply from Horombo Hut, but your guides will help you with this. If you cannot sleep, just relax as much as you can as your body needs the rest before the next very strenuous 24 hours ahead.

Hiking time: 5-7 hours, 12,225 feet to 15,520 feet
Overnight Kibo Hut – Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 6 - SUMMIT

. You will be woken around midnight with a hot drink. Finish putting on all your warm clothing and get ready to attempt the summit. The rim of the crater at Gillman’s Point (18,635 feet), recognized as the top, is reached after a stiff climb up a very steep. The first part of the ascent to the Hans Meyer cave is indirect, going around large rock outcrops. It is Important to pace yourself to be ready for the steep slope that you have to climb in a zigzag fashion. Try to maintain a very slow but steady pace, trudging up rhythmically through the starlight. On average, this takes 6 hours from Kibo to Gillman’s Point, where you will hopefully see a fiery sunrise behind Mawenzi. Since Gillman’s Point is recognized as the top, you will receive a certificate for your achievement from the Park authorities. After a rest, if you are able, if the weather and time permit, and if your guide says it is possible, you can then continue for 2 hours along the crater rim to reach Uhuru Peak, at 19,340 feet, Uhuru is the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro. If you reach Uhuru, you will get a gold certificate and the satisfaction of reaching the “Roof of Africa”. The descent is in some ways as difficult as the ascent and you will be tired as your make your way down the steep slope Back at Kibo Hut, you will have a rest and something to eat. Then, take off much of your warm clothing and continue on to Horombo Hut for the night. Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru, 19,340 feet! 6 hours descent to Horombo Hut Overnight Horombo Hut – Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner slowly in order to acclimatize; the last half hour to the hut can be very tiring as the hut is some way up the peak. Slow down and drink a lot of water! Be sure to keep a positive attitude as the sight of the next day’s path can be quite daunting. Get as much rest as possible and prepare your things for the next day. The stone house with a small dining room and a number of dormitory rooms leading off a main corridor has bunk beds for 60 people, sleeping 12 to a room. There is no water so it’s Important to bring an adequate supply from Horombo Hut, but your guides will help you with this. If you cannot sleep, just relax as much as you can as your body needs the rest before the next very strenuous 24 hours ahead.

Hiking time: 5-7 hours, 12,225 feet to 15,520 feet
Overnight Kibo Hut – Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 7 - MOSHI.

After breakfast, continue your descent (slowly so as not to sprain an ankle or twist a knee) to Marangu Gate. If you have made it to Gillman’s or Uhuru, you will sign the book and your head guide will pick up your certificates. You will then be driven back to Hotel for the celebration.

Day 8 - DEPARTURE

Rest at the hotel, Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.


Our meeting point

Kilimanjaro Airport, Moshi Bus Station or at your hotel. The hotel we offer is called "Kili Cottages" located in Moshi. It is a very relaxing and peaceful place to rest.

If you're coming from some place else, please contact us and we are more than happy to help you out.


Necessary gear
  • Baselayer top
  • Baselayer bottom
  • Midlayer top
  • Trekking pants
  • Light rainwear
  • Softshell jacket & pants
  • Hardshell jackett & pants
  • Down jacket
  • Trekking shoes
  • Heavy trekking boots
  • Mountaineering boots (suitable with crampons)
  • Backpack (30-40L)
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Headlamp
  • Trekking pole
  • Light gloves
  • Heavy gloves
  • Gaiters
  • Sun hat
  • Warm hat
  • Watch
  • Sunscreen
  • First aid kit
  • Sleeping bag (-11° to -25℃)

Cancellation policy

Since we understand that planning ahead isn't always easy, to provide you with the best experience, we offer free-cancellation up to one week before departure. No questions asked.

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2 climbers shared their experience

  • I had absolutely no issues and doubts climbing up with this tour operator. Our main guide King William gave us precise tips on avoiding high altitude sickness - and I was able to get to Stella Point without suffering any of this.

    For some reason I got very sick while descending. King William saw that I wasn’t in a good condition, and he immediately prepared a rescue car from the Horombo Hut and I climbed down one day earlier than schedule. This came to me all of a sudden and all of our schedule was changed, however, the tour operator’s van was waiting for me at the gate, the porters carried down all of my gears and loaded them in the van already, and I was able to get to my hotel super smooth without any issues.

    I really think they did a great job when I faced this issue. And because of that, I was able to enjoy this important experience and still finish on a good note. Thank you so much!

  • I climbed Marangu 6 Days with guide William. He was there in the briefing session prior the climb, and he made sure we had the right gears. The ones we didn’t have, he helped us rent the equipments at a great deal.
    During the climb, he always helped us walk at our own pace, and he paced ourselves really well on the summit day. He did great. William also knew a lot about the landscape and the vegetations in Kilimanjaro which to me was really interesting. One of my friend felt sick and had to go down immediately, but how he handled this trouble and got the rescue team was absolutely brilliant. We safely went down very smoothly.
    The manager Dionis was always on time, super-prepared, and we had a perfect operation team before and after the climb. His office was in Moshi, but he held his meetings at our requested places, so that was also really helpful.
    Oh yeah, can’t forget this. Dionis even prepared a surprise Champaign for us! Really, thanks for everything!

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